HOWTO: Save Money at the Pump (Free eBook)Posted by Cap on May 10, 2006 |
No, it’s not a another post on gas prices—because I reserve complaining about it as my mundane banter with real life friends (aka who cares). It’s another how to save money at the pump post. They’re repetitive stuff, but like simple and sound savings and investing tips—they work.
So some tips from the WSJ:
- Gas prices changes as much by 20% within blocks (dur), check around for cheaper prices, try out sites like GasBuddy.com.
- Don’t top off your tank—overfilling is bad for the enviornment and you may pay for gas that won’t make it into your tank.
- When the pump automatically shuts off, turn the handle upside down 180 degree to release the small amount left from the pump to make sure you get all the gas you’re paying for.
- Shop for gas during coolest time of the day, when gas is at its densest, so you get more for your money.
The quick snippet from WSJ points you towards this free eBook from LuLu.com on 62 Ways to Save at the Pump. Flipping through the guide, I found that I know most of them, but there are a few little things that are new to me.
If you don’t feel like going through the super-quick registration (email & choose pass), you can download the free guide straight from my site here (440 KB PDF). A recommended read, because there are also some basic car care tips in there that will save you even more money.
Before I end, here’s one final very applicable tip, because I KNOW a lot of people do this:
Do NOT use your car as a storage or closet! You don’t need to haul around your house in your car. Removing excessive weight will save you fuel. Do you drive around with your wardrobe? Your second garage? According to FuelEconomy.gov, an extra 100 pounds off the car equates to 1-2% in fuel economy savings, which translate to $0.03 – $0.06 cents at the pump, which doesn’t sound like a big deal, but we sure as hell flip out when gas changes by a few cents at the pump.
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